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Dr. James C. Foster has been hired as interim dean of Clarion University College of Arts and Sciences. He will start at Clarion University Jan. 28.  The university has begun the process for conducting a search for the next permanent dean.

Foster recently served as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Alvernia University, Reading, Pa. In his 36-year career in higher education, he has held various leadership roles, including vice president, dean and director. During that time he also taught history, moving from assistant to associate professor, before becoming a full professor in 1987.

Foster has written extensively about American labor organization and history, mining and assessment, as it relates to higher education. He has published two books, “American Labor in the Southwest: the First 100 Years” in 1982, and “The Union Politic, the CIO’s Political Action Committee” in 1975. He is nearing completion of a third book, “The Underground Life: Miners, Mines, and the Western Federation,” which examines the history and culture of hard rock miners between 1890 and 1920. In addition, he has published numerous articles and presented professional papers.

He has worked with grant processes, developing guidelines and an evaluation program, as well as teaching grant writing. He has secured grants for numerous academic initiatives. 

 “His faculty and administrative experience across a number of different higher education institutions will serve Clarion well,” said Dr. Ron Nowaczyk, Clarion University provost. “I was pleased to see the strong support for Jim during his recent interview on campus.”

Foster graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in history. He earned a doctorate in history with an industrial and labor relations minor from Cornell University.

Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.


1/22/2013 8:21 AM

Foster hired as interim dean of Clarion University College of Arts and Sciences